This modern fairy tale tells of Totò who, found in a cabbage patch, is adopted by a wise and kind old woman named Lolotta. When she dies, he ends up in a shantytown on the outskirts of Milan. But the ghost of Lolotta visits him, and offers a special gift…
Few European film-makers combined artistic ambitions with a genuine populist spirit in the manner of Vittorio De Sica. In his prolific career, the actor-director made many films on social subjects which nonetheless engaged a mass audience. A Neapolitan by birth, De Sica came from humble roots, working as a theatre actor in the early 1920s. His stage success led De Sica to films where he proved to be a popular actor, mounting more than thirty film credits before his directorial debut with Rosa Scarlatte (which he co-directed with Giuseppe Amato). Even after his success as a director, De Sica was a much sought after performer; appearing in such classics as Max Ophüls’ Madame de… and Roberto Rossellini’s Il Generale della Rovere.
De Sica’s fourth outing as a director was his first collaboration with screenwriter and film theorist Cesare Zavattini. The Children Are Watching Us anticipated neorealism in its detached focus on a young boy’s growing isolation from his mother. De Sica… read more
De Sica's miraculous film is a fantastic fable about the inhabitants of a Milanese shanty town and their struggles with the authorities after oil is discovered. Chaplinesque comedy and Clair-like charm are shamelessly fused with neo-realism in a concoction that shouldn't work but does - gloriously. Elements of pathos, whimsy, social message and sentiment are precariously balanced in Zavattini's wonderful screenplay..
Per chi è dotato di sensibilità questo film è una meraviglia che fà sciogliere il cuore.De Sica è straordinario nel coniugare un sottofondo di denuncia sociale(secondo i dettami del Neorealismo)con una favola a-temporale,che infarcisce di momenti magici e struggenti allo stesso tempo:la riffa con il pollo,il tramonto a una lira,il veggente sempre uguale,il finale poetico.Un'altra pellicola di cui andare fieri.4*